Washington (CNN) – Democrats may have outraised Republicans when it comes to July fundraising totals for the upcoming Senate battle, but not by much.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee fell short of Democratic numbers by roughly $20,000, according to statements released by the NRSC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Friday.
The DSCC raised $2.74 million while the debate over whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling reached a fever pitch-and the NRSC reported $2.72 million in fundraising for the same period.
The fundraising arm for GOP Senate campaigns remains debt-free but its Democratic counterpart reported that it ended the month with $1.8 million in debt.
The DSCC has brought in $26.2 million this year and boasts $70 million on hand for races this cycle as they seek to retain control of the Senate during 2012 elections. The committee ended the month with $9.21 million in cash-on-hand.
"As Republican presidential candidates and Republicans in Congress continue to move further and further to the extreme right, our supporters are more and more engaged in the fight to retain a Democratic majority in the Senate," declared DSCC spokesman Matt Canter.
But the NRSC raised $24.25 million this cycle in an effort to keep that from happening and "build the resources necessary to help win back a Senate Republican majority in 2012," said NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer. It reported $4.14 million in cash-on-hand.
Democrats will defend 23 Senate seats in next year's election including two seats held by independents who caucus with the party. Republicans will defend ten seats and attempt to overcome the Dems' 53-47 majority in the chamber.